The Cloud has a silver lining: drop-in bike lessons for adults

The Cloud has a silver lining: drop-in bike lessons for adultsDo you live or work in the CBD? Keen to master the art of riding a bike? Mix the joy of learning with the whimsical lights and architecture of the Cloud, and you’ve got some winter rain-proof evening fun! Auckland Transport is adding a drop-in component to their monthly Beginner Bike & Bike Maintenance sessions at the Cloud on Queens Wharf. If you are new to riding, just haven’t been on a bike for a while, or are getting back into it but need a bit of a confidence boost, then come on by. Drop in, learn some new skills, and enjoy pedalling around the Cloud.  Bikes are available on a first …
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Back to Bike School – bike classes & workshops for beginners

Back to Bike School - bike classes & workshops for beginnersThe beginning of the year is a great time to get started – or restarted – on riding a bike. The weather’s great, and  February is Bike Month, so there are plenty of opportunities and lots of back-up. For starters and for motivation, you can join the Auckland Bike Challenge at any point during the month. This year it’s all about sharing the fun of biking – you “win” by taking the most workmates for a ride. And any ride counts; you don’t have to be an epic commuter or sporty spice; you can just bike to the shop or train station or a friend’s place. Any excuse for a quick jaunt… easy as, and a great …
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Me and My Bike (and My Kid) – Meet Claire

Me and My Bike (and My Kid) - Meet ClairePart of the fun of biking around town is the serendipitous conversations and encounters with other bike folk as we pass each other along the way. Even when driving, I keep an eye out for people on bikes – but it’s harder to say hello, short of honking the horn, which can send altogether the wrong message! So when I drove past this mum and daughter biking up Franklin Rd on a sunny Friday afternoon, and then found a magical parking spot one minute later, I took it as a sign. Claire was more than happy to pause for a chat, and her daughter (aged one and a half) was excited to show off her cool bike seat. Where are …
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“Fat Lady on a Bike” – the joy of riding at any size

"Fat Lady on a Bike" - the joy of riding at any sizeIn this guest post, the gorgeous Genny Stevens (Agile Team Facilitator at Xero) shares some top tips for happy everyday biking when you have a few Xs in front of the L on the label of your favourite cycling frock…  We all know there are lots of perceived barriers to getting back on our bikes; traffic, helmets, lycra – but the size of our thighs should not be one. I’m a fat woman who has been fully cycle-dependent for three years and I have no plan to ever going back to owning a car. I’d wasted most of my life worrying about weight, weight loss, diets, food, being bad and good, but luckily I found freedom from that …
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How to Train (and Ferry) Your Bike – the art of ‘trip-chaining’

How to Train (and Ferry) Your Bike - the art of 'trip-chaining'Inspired by yesterday’s commuting feature, here’s a handy recipe for how to get almost anywhere in Auckland: 1. bike to train or ferry   2. put self and bike on train or ferry 3. repeat. The easier it becomes to get around the city – what with better cycleways and more bike lanes, speedier and more frequent ferries, and magical new EMU electric trains – the more places you can reach by combining these modes of transport, aka “trip-chaining.” Check out this map we put together a few years ago showing a 3km easily bikeable radius around all train stations and ferry terminals. There’s bike parking at the major stations and ferry terminals, if you plan to park and ride. But what still …
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Take a Two-Mile Tour or a Four-K Frolic – but above all, take a friend!

Take a Two-Mile Tour or a Four-K Frolic - but above all, take a friend!So many people are out there, hankering to hop on a bike! How many? Well, Auckland Transport’s own research reckons 60% of Aucklanders would ride if the roads were more welcoming. And who can forget what happened in 2013 when AA’s Directions magazine – the magazine for car drivers! – asked its readers if they’d give cycling a go? We are the 92%! So what are we waiting for? I found one answer over at Bikeyface, the witty bike blog of Bekka Wright (her motto: “I have a sense of humor and a bicycle. I exercise both as often as possible”). Bekka’s brilliant at boiling complicated things down to a single image, and her …
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Bike bright on winter nights – a seasonal visit from the Bike-Light Fairy

Bike bright on winter nights - a seasonal visit from the Bike-Light FairyA friend of CAA, Zane, writes about an unlikely superhero hitting the streets as the winter nights draw in, determined to make sure those on bikes sparkle safely.  Daylight savings hit this week like a black cloak, making it even more important to think about Biking Bright. One lone Auckland Transport Cycling ambassador headed out on Tuesday and Wednesday evening as the sun set. His task: to make sure those mounting their humble steeds at public transport hubs or out on the roads got home safely to their loved ones. Armed with a handful of small ‘safety’ lights (designed to make you visible to others), some 20% off vouchers for better lights (designed to light …
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